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  •  I could ignore his politics until... (3+ / 0-)
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    jds1978, spacecadet1, RiveroftheWest

    ...he blamed 9/11 on one of my heroes, the late Frank Church.

    Most of you probably at least recognize Church's name as the last Democratic senator from Idaho, where he served from 1957-1981. Because he was from Idaho, he had views on certain issues that most of us disagree with completely, most notably gun control. On abortion I seem to recall he was wishy-washy at best - one of those politicians where you got the sense he wanted to be on our side but political realities back home wouldn't allow it.

    But on other issues, the man was a true-blue hero, notably civil rights (where he was pushing for what eventually became the 1964 act as early as 1957). Most of all, though, we have him to thank for the fact that the CIA doesn't routinely murder people anymore. He spearheaded the mid-1970s reforms that helped put a stop to that, and the resultant political blowback coupled with the 1980 landslide cost him his seat. (The man who beat him, Steve Symms, is up there with Rick Santorum and Trent Lott among the very worst senators of the 20th century, but that's a rant for another time.)

    And shortly after 9/11, Clancy pointed to those reforms as a cause of the attacks. Not the decades of resentment fomented by the policies Church helped put a stop to; not Bush's failure to read that memo that predicted exactly what happened; not his staff's policy of always doing the opposite of what Clinton had done under all circumstances; no, it's because we reined in the CIA.

    I can agree to disagree up to a point. But what Clancy said on that occasion is way, way past that point.

    Certaines personnes disent qu'il y a une femme à blâmer, Mais je sais que c'est ma faute sacrément.

    by RamblinDave on Wed Oct 02, 2013 at 11:41:45 PM PDT

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